Guys, I finally ordered a Boomslang after searching for a portable balance Dac unsucessfully. I reread this thread (Toucan and Boomslang Balanced Review Thread--all 18 pages of it) and I cannot find a single review on the Boomslang. Most of the comments are on the Toucan. Can anyone help in giving some idea with regard to the Boomslang's ability and how good it is compare to other Dac? Thanks.
That's because it is the only one available at this point, so it is impossible to do a comparative review on it at this time except to say it's "nice." Really nice, regardless of price. My only disappointment with it--if you can call it that for what it costs--that the USB interface chipset limits the sampling rate to 16/44, even though the DAC chipset itself is 24/96 capable. Still it pairs very well with the Toucan (no surprise there) and I even plan to use it with the SR71 thru a custom interconnect built by Whiplash Audio in transportable configuration.
I found the sound remarkably neutral and detailed, again with the above limitations when used with my iTunes library playing lossless files.
I'm sure the next version will play high-res content as well, I seem to recall somebody mentioning that earlier. But I think it's very hard to go wrong with this combo or even just the DB2 itself for the price. Balanced audio never came this cheap before.